Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer top - Simplicity 2892

When talking about the perfect summer fabric, I would have to say this Mood Fabrics' Thakoon Cotton Voile is about as perfect as it gets.  I love this fabric, it is the perfect summer weight and just was so easy to sew.  In fact, I would love to buy all the fabric that felt just like this piece and sew many, many summer garments.  


I know when the temperature sores above 95 degrees, I want a summer top that makes you feel cool.  Right when this fabric arrived, I knew I would make it into Simplicity 2892, a pattern I have made only once before but I love the style and the shirring detail.


This pattern doesn't take too long to make, the shirring takes the most time.  Gathers on both side which are attached to a yoke, which is the same pattern piece  as the yoke lining.  I like this feature of attaching the shirring piece to a stable piece.  Match up all the key points, baste it down and that shirring isn't moving anywhere.  


When I interviewed Kay Whitt for the podcast she said to press the gathers flat and the reason is to get rid of the fluff.  Our body has fluff, we don't want our garments to have fluff, too.  I totally agree with that comment so I pressed these gathers flat!


These pictures are taken at a relative's house in what we called the "piney woods" as kids.  A grove of trees on the north side of the house, which provided a wind block from the bitter cold winter wind. In July, these trees provide nice shade and comfort from the hot summer sun.  I didn't need my sunglasses, but they just make the outfit look a bit more like summer, right?

Looking at this picture, I need to work on the shoulder tan.  This past weekend, I helped daughter #2 and her husband with a backyard fence.  My short sleeve shirt gave me a farmer's tan!

If a jacket becomes necessary, this top looks fantastic with a jacket, too.  

Now a look at the back
 So quick, head over and get this fabric before it is gone.

You can see this post at Mood Sewing Network and also check out what the other bloggers have been making for the summer.




22 comments:

  1. What a perfect summer top. The colors in that fabric are so pretty. After seeing your top, I have added this pattern to my "must have" list.

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    1. It is a nice pattern, watch the version with sleeves. I made it once but it really restricted my movement.

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  2. That's a lovely top. And cool. I remember Missouri summers when I was a kid. No air conditioning on the farm. Just hot air blowing through a window fan, along with the dust. I would lay on a pallet of quilts on the floor in front of that fan and wait for fall!

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    1. What a great story, Gwen. Today was a beautiful day in the 80's, no humidity. We need a rain.

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  3. This is so pretty! The colors look even brighter and nicer on you than they do in the swatch photo! Love this top!

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    1. Thanks, Ginger, it is a fun fabric.

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  4. I love this top on you Lori! It's sod unto see you inadlorsl print! And it really does look cute each way you styled it!

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  5. fNice! Looks cool and comfy.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki, perfect summer top.

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  6. What a wonderful summer top!

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  7. Pretty summer top. You look ready for another vacation in the sun!

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    1. Thanks, Donna and that is a great idea!

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  8. I love the way you put things together. I would wear everything I have seen on you blog. This top is so cute.

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    1. Thank you so much, Anna, I appreciate your nice words. This is a fun top.

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  9. That's a beautiful print. You look great.

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  10. Thanks for sharing this lovely project. I have no skills in selecting prints, especially multi-color prints. This one is perfect for a top. And I appreciate the tip about pressing gathers; thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Sandra, sometimes prints can be tricky.

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  11. Lori I love this top! The print is lovely the green really pops. I whole heartedly agree about pressing our the fluff - menopause have given me enough fluff that I don't know what to do with!!!

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    1. Thanks, Joen, our motto is no fluff!

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  12. Such a cute top! Perfect fabric match! It screams summer! I think it's time I try Mood Fabrics!

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